The Oxford Handbook of Inflection

13 Oct


The Oxford Handbook of Inflection

Edited by Matthew Baerman

Oxford University Press


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  • First handbook to focus specifically on inflection
  • Discusses data from a wide range of typologically diverse ranguages
  • Outlines a variety of contemporary theoretical approaches to the inflectional paradigm

This is the latest addition to a group of handbooks covering the field of morphology, alongside The Oxford Handbook of Case (2008), The Oxford Handbook of Compounding (2009), and The Oxford Handbook of Derivational Morphology (2014). It provides a comprehensive state-of-the-art overview of work on inflection – the expression of grammatical information through changes in word forms. The volume’s 24 chapters are written by experts in the field from a variety of theoretical backgrounds, with examples drawn from a wide range of languages.

The first part of the handbook covers the fundamental building blocks of inflectional form and content: morphemes, features, and means of exponence. Part 2 focuses on what is arguably the most characteristic property of inflectional systems, paradigmatic structure, and the non-trivial nature of the mapping between function and form. The third part deals with change and variation over time, and the fourth part covers computational issues from a theoretical and practical standpoint. Part 5 addresses psycholinguistic questions relating to language acquisition and neurocognitive disorders. The final part is devoted to sketches of individual inflectional systems, illustrating a range of typological possibilities across a genetically diverse set of languages from Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Australia, Europe, and South America.

Readership: Researchers and students from advanced undergraduate level upwards in the fields of morphology, syntax, typology, pscyholinguistics, and theoretical linguistics more generally.


Edited by Matthew Baerman, Research Fellow in the Surrey Morphology Group, University of Surrey

Matthew Baerman is a research fellow in the Surrey Morphology Group at the University of Surrey. His research focuses on the typology, diachrony, and formal analysis of inflectional systems, with a particular concentration on phenomena whose interpretation is problematic or controversial. His work has appeared in such journals as Language, Journal of Linguistics, Morphology, Lingua, Russian Linguistics and Natural Language and Linguistic Theory. He is co-author of The Syntax-Morphology Interface: a Study of Syncretism (CUP, 2005) and co-editor of Understanding and Measuring Morphological Complexity (OUP, 2014).


Stephen R. Anderson, Yale University / Matthew Baerman, University of Surrey / James P. Blevins, University of Cambridge / Ondrej Bojar, Charles University Prague / Claire Bowern, Yale University / Dunstan Brown, University of York / Matt Coler, INCAS3 / Greville G. Corbett, University of Surrey / Mark Donohue, Australian National University / Nicholas Evans, Australian National University / Leoma G. Gilley, SIL Africa / Gunnar Olafur Hansson, University of British Columbia / Axel Holvoet, University of Warsaw / Maarten Kossman, Leiden University / Fiona Mc Laughlin, University of Florida / Cynthia L. Miller-Naudé, University of the Free State / Rachel Nordlinger, University of Melbourne / Katya Pertsova, University of North Carolina / Gergana Popova, Goldsmiths, University of London / Bert Remijsen, University of Edinburgh / Andrew Spencer, University of Essex / Sabine Stoll, University of Zurich / Thomas Stolz, University of Bremen / Gregory Stump, University of Kentucky / Jochen Trommer, University of Leipzig / Matthew Walenski, San Diego State University / Eva Zimmermann, University of Leipzig.


1: Matthew Baerman: Introduction Part I: Building Blocks 2: Stephen R. Anderson: The morpheme: Its nature and use 3: Greville G. Corbett: Features in inflection 4: Jochen Trommer and Eva Zimmermann: Inflectional exponence Part II: Paradigms and their Variants 5: James P. Blevins: Inflectional paradigms 6: Gregory Stump: Inflection classes 7: Matthew Baerman: Paradigmatic deviations 8: Gunnar Olafur Hansson: Interfaces: phonology 9: Andrew Spencer and Gergana Popova: Periphrasis and inflection Part III: Change 10: Claire Bowern: Diachrony 11: Maarten Kossmann: Contact-induced change Part IV: Computation 12: Dunstan Brown: Modelling inflectional structure 13: Ondrej Bojar: Machine translation 14: Katya Pertsova: Machine learning of inflection Part V: Psycholinguistics 15: Sabine Stoll: Inflectional morphology in language acquisition 16: Matthew Walenski: Disorders Part VI: Sketches of individual systems 17: Mark Donohue: Verbal inflection in Iha: A multiplicity of alignments 18: Fiona Mc Laughlin: Inflection in Pulaar 19: Axel Holvoet: Lithuanian inflection 20: Thomas Stolz: Chamorro inflection 21: Rachel Nordlinger: Inflection in Murrinh-Patha 22: Matt Coler: Aymara inflection 23: Nicholas Evans: Inflection in Nen 24: Bert Remijsen, Cynthia L. Miller-Naudé, and Leoma G. Gilley: Stem-internal and affixal morphology in Shilluk






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